Well, the results from the MRI are in, and I do indeed have a microadenoma in my pituitary gland. (If this is the first you’re reading of this, you can see the first article here.) The endocrinologist believes I have something called a Rathke’s Cleft Cyst.
Ever heard of it? Neither had I.
It’s a benign, tiny cyst that forms in the space between your pituitary gland and the anterior pituitary gland. The pressure from this cyst causes an increase in prolactin levels in the blood, which messes with my hormone levels.
If I still wanted to have babies, which I don’t, this would be a more pressing issue for me. But as of right now, I just feel a little “off.” The doctor asked me a series of questions, one of which included him drawing the conclusion that I also have diabetes insipidus, but more testing needs to be done on that too.
Finding out the results from the MRI test this week taught me a lot about myself.
First, I had no idea how much I still need someone by my side for test results.
I for sure thought I was going to be fine, so I went in to get the results by myself. Immediately I realized that was the wrong decision. I should have had someone with me, if nothing else than for just sheer note taking. It was a ton of information to absorb.
I realize now that I will never outgrow the need to have someone by my side, and at that moment, the only person I wanted next to me was my husband.
Second, always tell your doctor everything you’re experiencing.
Even if you feel crazy for mentioning it, do it. Your body is one whole unit. I never in a million years would have related some of my symptoms, but low and behold, my waking up umpteen million times a night to go to the bathroom is a symptom of this sucker. Tell your doctor. Please.
Third, I don’t see this as a set back or a woe-is-me diagnosis.
I’ve learned that knowing what it is that I have is 3/4 of the battle. It’s almost as if I can now gather my thoughts, get a game plan together and overcome this and be thankful for the process.
I truly believe this is yet another gift from God, and I look forward to seeing all of the beauty that comes from this, and how I can share it all with you.
For now, I’ve been placed on medication I take once a week…indefinitely. The list of side effects is long, so I really want to research all options and hopefully be able to supplement with some alternative medicinal options as well, including dietary supplements and essential oils. I will keep you all updated as I know more.